Testdive, Angling and Snorkeling Potential/ South of Elsegårde/ Denmark/ Djursland Peninsula/

June 28th 2016. Test dive investigating underwater how things look, with regards to fishing and snorkeling. If it looks nice, and how it might be hunting for fish Elsegårde in Denmark, on the peninsula, Djursland, South of Elsegårde, offset a little from a spot nearby where I dove recently. What I am looking for is better visibility than last time, and some well defined transition lines between seaweed and sandy bottom, where all the big flatfish might be hiding, here on southern Djursland, across from the island, Hjelm. The first thing I would like to say, is, that this is healthy Kattegat water Djursland east coast, facing the Kattegat Sea directly. This gives the place a quality level over what one might find in nearby Århus Bay, for example. The second thing I would like to say, is that 10 days ago, when I dove nearly at the same place, I actually got a completely different impression of life below the surface. At that time there was lots of fish fry, and lots of mysis – free swimming small crustaceans that also are food for bigger fish Just as there was also a lot of wrasse, big wrasse. Here 10 days later, at nearly the same place, all this life was missing. I don’t know why. One reason might be, that the water has gotten colder. I could fell this immediately when I got in. Westerly winds have been blowing offshore, and the wind has pushed the surface water out and replaced it with bottom water from the deeper sea. The water was decidedly colder. Sometimes when diving one experiences a thermocline with a shift to cold water at a depth, such as 3 meters, that is felt as a distinct change but here the cold layer had taken over, in accordance with the westerly winds having pushed the warmer surface water out. I don’t know what has become of the abundance of small fish life that was here. As one shouldn’t think that fish fry is not able to move around very much. But gone, completely gone, as is also the case with the wrasse. There are things here, one dosen’t understand, and this is one of them. My impression is that both fry, mysis and wrasse, are stationary local life – but still – completely gone. I even swam directly over the place I was, the last time to see if there might be some small geographical difference that could explain things but also here there was no sign of the rich life I saw the last time. I did see a couple of flounders, something that is very common when diving in these parts. I also saw a single snake pipefish, a fish related to seahorses. I swam around a bit, studying seaweed species. There is a lot of nice looking bottom vegetation here with different types of seaweed that are decorative and interesting to look at, doing the next best thing – apart from looking at big fish of a nice edible sieze. I was interested in investigating the potential for flounders here, and one reason I went out here a second time, was to see if I could find some well defined borderlines between seaweed banks and sandy bottom, as flounders have a tendency to gather along these lines. Both times the problem was that the transitions between seaweed and sand where diffuse, with numerous places where the flounders could hide. Another reason for not seeing a lot of flounders might simply be that there is not enough food. They supposedly feed on different types of small mussels. But if the pantry has been emptied, there isn’t must reason to hang out here any more. This is clearly sea trout habitat, no doubt about that, with this kind of rich bottom vegetation with big stones. As there can also be a lot of fish fry and mysis in between, there is also food for sea trout. With regards to crabs, I only saw a few, not many and that points towards that cod roam here, as cod eat crabs. All in all an ok and recommendable coast, but visited on a day that was a bit sub-optimal, where there for some reason wasn’t as much small sea life, as a few days earlier this month. Something that might be related to a drop in temperature, but that it is difficult to understand fully. All from Elsegårde on the southernmost part of the peninsula Djursland, at a cape that sticks out into the sea, and where the town Ebeltoft is also located. A cape that ends in the sea in the direction towards the island, Samsø across from the uninhabited island, Hjelm.

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